The portal, which is developed by National Health Authority (NHAThe Ayushman Bharat Digital Mission (ABDM) as part of the government’s “Heal by India” initiative is likely to be launched on August 15, official sources told PTI.
It will be voluntary for all healthcare professionals to submit their information to the portal and all steps are taken to ensure data security. The sources said that the personal information provided will be authenticated by UIDAI while the registration details will be verified by the respective boards.
“The portal will be ready by June 15, after which healthcare professionals will be able to register themselves in it.
“They will have the option to mention their preferred country where they want to work, the languages they know, visa, and details of each country’s qualifying exams along with the usual background information,” an official said.
This will allow a smooth experience for those who access such information on the portal, the official added.
Healthcare professionals who can register themselves on the portal include practitioners of modern medicine as well as the traditional system of medicine, dentists, nurses, pharmacists and 56 classes of allied health professionals.
The NHA has already started compiling healthcare professionals’ data in collaboration with various regulatory bodies such as National Medical CommissionDental Council of India, National Committee The Indian System of Medicine, the National Commission on Homeopathy, the Indian Nursing Council, the Pharmacy Council of India and the National Commission for Healthcare Related Professions.
There is already a registry of health professionals for doctors of all drug regimes and nurses developed by the NHS. So far, 32,059 doctors and 3,527 nurses are registered with it and their credentials have been verified by 15,531 doctors and 687 nurses. The official said that the data from this registry will also be made available to the new portal.
“Once the portal goes live, external stakeholders such as patients and recruiters from India or abroad will be able to search for a required professional based on the specialty or system of medicine, known languages and the country in which they prefer to work,” the official said. PTI.
According to another official, despite recent efforts at standard quantification, information about India’s diverse health workforce is fragmented and unreliable.
The official said that there is currently no comprehensive official source of health workforce data that covers all categories of relevant professionals in the country.
Currently, information is only kept on certain categories of professionals.
“For example, physicians have specialist boards at the state and national levels that govern these professionals, and therefore they keep data only about these professionals and not the CHWs,” the official said.
Moreover, the way these records, both in terms of digital systems and processes, differ greatly, he said.
The official said that the portal being developed under ABDM will enhance globally the visibility of Indian healthcare professionals and the services they provide.
The official added that it will also act as a bridge between Indian healthcare professionals and external stakeholders who need healthcare services.